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The Victorian period Queen Victorian reign 1837-1901 was a time of revolution and change It saw great expansion of wealth power and culture The modern idea of invention was invented Religion was in doubt Romantic emphasis was placed on self-emotion and imagination Victorians created astonishing innovation and change in democracy feminism unionisation of workers socialism and Marxism Above all it was an age of paradox and power wwwlandow 2000 This essay critically analyses My Fair Lady in terms of power class and gender relations all of which were predominant features in the Victorian period and other attitudes of this time I will be considering the ways in which material culture is used to reinforce undermine and negotiate these relations Issues that will be discussed in the essay with regards to My Fair Lady are the class differences during the Victorian period the power differences between the classes and genders ie the power Henry Higgins had over Eliza Doolittle the gender relations between Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins and the gender relations between Eliza Doolittle and Colonel Pickering Overview of My Fair Lady Eight times Oscar winning movie My Fair Lady wwweusa 2000 was made into a movie in 1964 after nine years of Theatre performances The musical was adapted from George Bernard Shaws 1914 book Pygmalion by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Learner wwwimagi-nation 2000 My Fair Lady is based in the Victorian era of England The story revolves around Eliza Doolittle a cockney flower girl from Covent Garden who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfil her dream of working in a flower shop and to increase her standard of life Henry Higgins has other plans He makes a bet with a fellow phonetic expert Colonel Pickering to see whether Eliza could pass as a Duchess at the Embassy Ball wwwflickfilosopher 2000 Elizas cockney mannerisms and uncouth
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